Questions about the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Major, Global Public Health Minor or Epidemiology Minor
If you are interested in finding out more about the Public Health major or minors, we encourage you to watch the BSPH video below.
If you wish to declare the pre-major or have additional questions, please complete the quiz at the end of the video and you will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. Appointments are typically 30 minutes, but can be longer if requested. Phone appointments are also available. The undergraduate advisor offices are located in Cunz Hall Room 100. Appointments are not made by email.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Specializations
Public health integrates many disciplines to prevent illness and premature death, enabling people to live healthier, more productive lives. The field covers a broad range of issues, including environmental pollution, access to health care, bioterrorism, obesity and prevention of contagious diseases. The goal of public health is to create and sustain healthier communities by improving the health of people and quality of their environment. Public health professionals study environmental contamination of air, water, soil and food; seek preventive measures for cancer; and design programs that improve delivery of health care services.
What are the goals of the BSPH program?
BSPH graduates will be qualified for early career, entry-level positions in public health agencies and other public or private organizations. However, an additional outcome is to prepare students for advanced study via graduate and professional degree programs. The BSPH program gives students a broad introduction to the field of public health while graduate school offers an in-depth education with a more intense focus on a specific topic area.
What kind of jobs can I get with a BSPH?
- Youth Tobacco Prevention Specialist
- Air Pollution Specialist
- Crisis Intake Specialist
- Research Analyst
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Environmental Specialist
Application to the Major
The BSPH major is competitive and requires an application. Applications for Autumn 2019 admission are available December 15, 2018 and are due February 15, 2019. Application instructions and frequently asked questions.
Global Public Health Minor
The minor in Global Public Health focuses on health issues affecting populations in the US and low-to middle economic status countries worldwide.
Students complete courses that provide content relative to presenting and discussing the type and scope of public health issues, factors that contribute to existing and emerging issues, and applicable approaches to address and intervene. The program will augment and enhance many different undergraduate bachelor degree programs and expands learners’ knowledge and comprehension of issues affecting humans domestically and internationally.
The minor in Global Public Health requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of courses plus one prerequisite course in statistics.
The minor in Epidemiology augments and enhances many different undergraduate bachelor degree programs. Students will be better prepared to apply the fundamental principles of biostatistics and epidemiology to domestic and international population issues.
The minor in Epidemiology requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of courses plus one prerequisite course in statistics.
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry helps students get started and plan for undergraduate research.
- Link to BSPH Core Competencies
- Link to Environmental Public Health Specialization Competencies
- Link to Public Health Sociology Specialization Competencies
- Link to Matrices, which identify required courses that foster development of core and specialization competencies.